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John Arthur Martinez and Pauline Reese performing free Spicewood Arts concert

Highland Lakes residents John Arthur Martinez and Pauline Reese are performing at a free Spicewood Arts concert October 12. Courtesy photos

For 20 years, Spicewood Arts has provided cultural opportunities for patrons who love art, music, and festivals and has used much of the proceeds from these events to create scholarships for Marble Falls and Lake Travis high school graduates.

Now Spicewood Arts leaders want to say thank you to the community for its continued support by inviting residents to a free concert featuring Highland Lakes musicians John Arthur Martinez and Pauline Reese.

The concert is 7 p.m. Saturday, October 12, at Angel’s Icehouse, 21815 Texas 71 East in Spicewood. Attendees can purchase food and beverages from Angel’s since Spicewood Arts will not be offering those items.

Mary Ann Jurgens, Spicewood Arts publicity chairwoman, said she can’t recall the organization hosting a free concert in the past three years.

“I know they’re very popular around town,” she said of the duo. “We want to make sure it’s a fun evening.”

Martinez and Reese, who have known each other for more than two decades, have been teaming up as co-headliners for some time. Both said they made the decision to offer their talents at no charge to organizations that are helping promote the arts.

After one of those concerts, Spicewood Arts president Karen Noecker reached out to the musicians about headlining a concert for her organization. Both said yes.

“It was cool our music had that impact,” Martinez said. “Anytime there’s an organization donating to the arts, I want to be a part of that.”

Martinez has played with country music stars Mark Chesnutt, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, and Charlie Pride and legendary music artist Elton John.

Reese averages 170 concerts each year and has performed at Willie Nelson’s Farm Aid and Fourth of July Picnic.

Reese said she grew up in a family of artists, so it was a no-brainer for her to commit to this event. Reese said she looks forward to the concert and teaming with her good pal Martinez.

“I think in this fast-paced world we live in, art has a way of slowing us down and giving joy we didn’t know we could find,” she said. “We can laugh and have fun and make fun of ourselves.”

Jurgens noted Spicewood Arts, formerly Spicewood Arts Society, is examining how it can be of greater service to the community. She said Spicewood Arts gave the Marble Falls Education Foundation a $2,000 grant for its Grants for Great Ideas to purchase drums “so some of the kids can be taught in drum circles.”

“It’s been very gratifying,” she added about the work Spicewood Arts has accomplished.

jfierro@thepicayune.com

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